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Suspects arrested for Attempted Murder Charges

Two suspects arrested for attempted murder April 16, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News on Wednesday, the United States Marshall's Fugitive Task Force in conjunction with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department executed arrest warrants on two suspects in Ville Platte. The Task Force included twelve agents along with deputies went to Gabriel Villa Apartment Complex on Lincoln road, the agents entered an apartment and arrested two suspects without any incident. They were identified as : Jadarius Simmins age 25 of Rayne wanted for one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Solicitation of membership to criminal gang. He was also charged with Possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Crystal Savoy age 40 of Crowley wanted for one count of attempted murder and one count of solicitation of membership to a criminal gang; Both suspects were returned to Acadia Parish.

Sheriff's Office Drug Arrests

Drug Arrests by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office April 14, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the sheriff's office K-9 unit Monday, conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Oberlin road west of Mamou near L.D. Verette road. While the deputy was speaking with the driver, he could smell marijuana coming from the car. The deputy deployed his drug dog and received positive alerts on the car. The following subjects were arrested: Martin L. LeBleu age 46 of Mamou , Michael Jean Charlie age 23 of Mamou and Alexis Lynn Lowery age 23 of Mamou were each charged with possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance . LeBleu was additionally arrested on a bench warrant for non support. On Tuesday the criminal patrol unit stopped a car for a traffic violation in Ville Platte . Permission was given for deputies to search their vehicle and both the driver and passenger were in possession of narcotics. They were identified as Crystal Renee Johnson age 42 of Ville Platte cited for possession of marijuana and released. Also charged was Carol James Guillory age 55 of Ville Platte with a charge of possession of Methamphetamine. Also on Tuesday, the Sheriff's Department conducted a search warrant on a residence at 602 North Reed in Ville Platte. The department had been receiving numerous complaints of criminal activity including drug trafficking. The deputies entered the residence and began a search with their drug dog, Diego. Deputies recovered 87 grams of marijuana and 19 ounces of PCP along with a 9mm handgun. Arrested was Dustin Raushuan Johnson age 29 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute Marijuana over 87 grams, Possession with intent to distribute PCP over 19 ounces, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Evangeline Police Jury Grants Tax Exemption to Cabot Corporation

Police Jury Grants Tax Exemption to Cabot April 14, 2021 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Wednesday, meeting in a special session voted 8-1 to grant an Industrial Tax Exemption to Cabot Corporation. Following the vote, there was a loud applause by members of the audience. The lone police juror voting against the action was District Two Juror Sidney Fontenot. In his comments after the vote Fontenot stated" We are a financially strapped parish. The money we are giving up is money we desperately need. Since we're giving Cabot a tax break , can we ask the public to vote for a tax next year?" The motion to grant the exemption was made by Juror Bryan Vidrine. Vidrine said this was a hard decision to make. "We need more money for our parish but Cabot has been a good steward and they have greatly benefited out parish." The proposal calls for approval of the tax exemption for a five year term. It stipulates that the police jury will have the authority to review the exemption after five years to decide whether to allow the exemption to proceed for an additional five year period. Cabot Facility Manager Derrick Turner said he has cleared the offer by the police jury with Cabot leaders. Juror Eric Soileau said the initial ten year exemption was too long. He thanked Cabot officials for working with the parish. Cabot will now seek approval by the Evangeline Parish School Board which decides on April 21 and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff by the end of the month. The 147 million construction project includes reducing carbon emissions as mandated by the E.P.A. and producing its own source of electricity. The project including the creation of 15 new permanent jobs.

Ville Patte City Council 13 April 2021

Brian Ardoin visited Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte City Council to discuss with members his opposition to Sheriff Charles Guillory’s proposed 1% sales tax. Ardoin stated that the taxes in our parish are already over 50% higher than that of the rest of Louisiana. He said that Evangeline Parish is in the top 2% highest sales tax in the state of Louisiana, and that we’re in the top 5% highest sales tax nationwide. He personally believes that to call on another sales tax is asking too much of the people and that there are other, more effective solutions to the budget should be discussed.

 

Brian Ardoin visited Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte City Council to discuss with members his opposition to Sheriff Charles Guillory’s proposed 1% sales tax. Ardoin stated that the taxes in our parish are already over 50% higher than that of the rest of Louisiana. He said that Evangeline Parish is in the top 2% highest sales tax in the state of Louisiana, and that we’re in the top 5% highest sales tax nationwide. He personally believes that to call on another sales tax is asking too much of the people and that there are other, more effective solutions to the budget should be discussed.

 

Finally, Brian Ardoin stressed that the 1% sales tax is a perpetual tax and not a temporary one. While he agrees that the Sheriff’s Office’s current $2.5 million budget is not a lot of money, he questions the ethicality of voting in a tax that would continue with future generations.

 

In other news, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine would like to remind everyone that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccinations will be available via drive-thru and walk-up at the Ville Platte Civic Center. The first dose will be on April 22nd starting at 8 a.m.; the second dose will be on May 20th starting at 8 a.m.

 

Mayor Vidrine would also like to remind the public to register or apply for Louisiana rental assistance, even if you are on an assistance program like Section 8. The assistance is available retroactively from April 2020, and renters can apply online.

Cabot Public Hearing

Cabot Public Hearing April 13, 2021 A large group of concerned citizens comprised of Evangeline Parish School Board members, Cabot workers, Evangeline Chamber Members and local residents attended a public hearing Tuesday night at Ville Platte High School Auditorium. The meeting was called by the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by the Evangeline Parish School Board. Board President Wayne Dardeau welcomed those in attendance and the rest of the meeting was conducted by Dr. Gwen Fontenot, President of the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was called to give citizens to ask questions over a request by Cabot Corporation requesting permission from the Evangeline Parish School Board, Sheriff Charles Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to receive an Industrial Tax Exemption. Rebecca Shirley with One Acadiana gave an overview on the Industrial Tax exemption that has been in existence since the 1940's. In 2016 Governor Edwards approved an executive order that the exemptions must be approved by local government agencies that will be impacted. Derrick Turner, local Cabot Facilities Manager explained the plant will undergo a proposed 147 million capital construction project which in part will reduce carbon emissions and also generate electricity to the plant. Turner stressed to the group that the project is not an expansion. The work will provide much cleaner air to local citizens and create 15 new jobs and protect the current 90 job holders. Of the 90 employees some 62 residents in the parish. There will be some 250-300 contractor workers each day during the construction period. It was also mentioned how Cabot has given to local school groups and non- profit agencies through the years. Mamou School Board Member Mike Fontenot said "we have a school gym in bad shape with no air conditioning. We need to pass a tax and yet you want us to give a tax break." Evangeline Parish Assessor Chris Guillory said "This is not an easy decision for you. I commend you for your concern by showing up tonight. I know our parish will make the right decision and move forward. Café Evangeline Owner Jay Giehlow warned school board members and the public to be mindful of the decision they reach. He said "If this exemption doesn't pass, we could lose this company, then we have nothing. We could lose the third highest taxed industry in the parish by making the wrong decision over the exemption." Several Cabot employees spoke up during the meeting including Cody Ortego and Jackie Ortego who asked the school board to approve the industrial tax exemption. The school board will make a decision on the matter at their meeting on Wednesday April 21. The Police Jury will decide Wednesday at 5;30pm at the courthouse. The sheriff is expected to a decision later this month.

Evangeline Parish 9-1-1 Director Liz Hill Guest Speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Meeting

Ville Platte Rotary Club April 14, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club Tuesday heard from Liz Hill, executive director of the Evangeline Parish Communications District (9-1-1) and Office of Emergency Preparedness. This is National Dispatcher Week. The 9-1-1 dispatchers takes calls throughout Evangeline Parish with an area of 660 square miles with a population of 33,000 people. They dispatch for all six fire departments in the parish and five police departments. The only two agencies that do their own dispatching are the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and the Mamou Police Department. The office employs 14 full time dispatchers and several part time dispatchers to handle the daily calls. Last year, the calls totaled 39,000. There are three dispatchers that each work a 12 hour shift. Each dispatcher must undergo a 54 hour class to become certified. In inclement weather, dispatchers can sleep in the facilities with shower, beds, kitchen and back up generator. Dispatchers are unsung heroes who are there to send life saving services for people in need. Liz Hill was the guest of Rotarian Wayne Vidrine. Club President Peter Strawitz reminded club members that Thursday through Saturday is the District Rotary Conference in Opelousas. He also urged club members to consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. By making a $500 donation to Rotary International, the local club will match the donation.

Turkey Creek Arrest

Turkey Creek Drug Arrests April 11, 2021 Turkey Creek Police Chief Steven Ardoin released the following arrest report to KVPI News. Just before midnight Saturday, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department was working traffic control around the area of US 167 and Pine Street. Officers observed a white SUV speeding. Once contact with the driver, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. After investigation and consent to search, it was learned that Erik Kidd was in possession of marijuana in the presence of a juvenile, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance with intent to distribute. Kidd also had an outstanding warrant with the Lafayette City Police for Armed Robbery. He was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail without incident. Also on Saturday, Officer Ronnie Stevens stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation and approached the vehicle. After a brief conversation and a verbal warning to the driver, the officers got a surprise from the young passenger. The child called the officer "Awesome" for the job he was doing. He received a letter and a lucky penny. The letter stated "Dear Police Officer, you can't hear us right now because of all of the noise, but there are millions of Americans who appreciate you, support you and thank you for your service." Officer Stevens, who is a father himself, said he had never got anything like this before and it was much appreciated. The Turkey Creek Police Department would like to thank the public for their continued support and to report all suspicious activity and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Operation Spring Cleaning Drug Roundup

Operation Spring Cleaning April 9, 2021 On Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 and 8, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Mamou Police Department, Ville Platte Police Department and the K-9 interedition association hit the streets of Evangeline Parish in what was called "Operation Spring Cleaning". The agencies were armed with four different K-9 teams. Throughout the two day event, deputies arrested 13 suspects, recovered narcotics, impounded vehicles for no insurance or proper registration and issued summons for driving with a suspended drivers license. The following suspects were arrested: Shannon V. Edwards age 37 of 310 South Chataingier, Ville Platte cited for Possession of Marijuana and for traffic violations; Deanna Clark age 54 1963 Mayo Road, Ville Platte charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute over 14 grams of Methamphetamine and possession of marijuana; Justin Derrick Clark age 39 of 3195 Turkey Creek Glenmora Road charged with possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant; Shawanna Deville age 41 of 1020 North Reed, Ville Platte cited for Possession of Marijuana; Jody Charlie age 48 of 316 East Beech, Ville Platte charged with Resisting an Officer, Probation Warrant and Possession of drug paraphernalia; Kimberly Frank age 28 of 806 North Latour, Ville Platte cited for Possession of Marijuana and a traffic violation; Malinski Thomas age 25 of Eunice cited for Possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; Jennifer Rose Brady age 30 of Sulpher charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Zoe Paige Million age 23 of Sulpher charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Parphernalia, Stacy Paul Fontenot of 2243 Blood Bend Road, St. Landry charged with Possession of Methamphetamine; Joseph Andrew Credeur age 33 of 804 North Coreil, Ville Platte charged with Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant; Taylor Zacary age 25 of 1431 Huey Road, Mamou cited for Possession of Marijuana; Alvin Ford age 37 of Washington charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and Joseph Nolan Fontenot age 42 of 1251 Peach Tree Lane charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Outstanding Warrants.

Mamou Man arrested on Attempted Murder and Arson Charges

Mamou Man Arrested for Attempted Murder, Arson EVANGELINE PARISH- A Mamou man is facing multiple charges following a series of crimes that began with allegedly setting a house on fire with a woman and three children inside. James N. Rozas, 33, has been booked on four counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Arson, one count of Simple Arson and one count of Violation of a Protective Order. Additional charges from other agencies are expected. Around 3 a.m. on Friday, April 9, Evangeline Fire District #1 responded to the 1100 block of J J Street in Mamou for a report of a house fire. Upon arrival, firefighters learned a woman and her three children were in the home when Rozas entered to announce he had set the house and a vehicle on fire. The woman and her children, one an infant, were able to escape unharmed. The SFM was then called to investigate the origin and cause of the fire. Upon arrival, deputies learned Rozas had fled the scene armed with a gun and wearing only a hoodie sweatshirt. The agency's Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAT) was activated to locate the suspect while deputies investigated the fire. Following an assessment of the scene, SFM investigators were able to confirm multiple areas of origin both inside of the home and in a vehicle parked outside of the home, deeming the fires intentionally set. With the assistance of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, Eunice City Marshal's Office, Coushatta Tribal Police and Louisiana State Police, the FAT tracked Rozas from the scene to Kinder where he was taken into custody without incident. It was confirmed that Rozas had stolen three vehicles between leaving the scene and being apprehended. At this time, Rozas' bond is set at $915,000. The SFM would like to thank the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, Eunice City Marshal's Office, Coushatta Tribal Police and Louisiana State Police for their partnership in quickly and safely closing this case with a suspect in custody.

Union Tank Official was guest speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Meeting

Ville Platte Rotary Club hears from Union Tank Official April 6, 2021 Union Tank Car Company Safety Supervisor James "Spanky" Vidrine was the guest speaker at today's (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He has been with the company for 27 years. Current plant manager Martha Guidry has been with the company for 45 years. The plant came to Ville Platte in 1967 and was called Lithcote. Later in the early 80's, Union Tank purchased the plant. Union Tank has 29 repair shops around the country. The Ville Platte plant repairs and refurbishes railroad tank cars while its Alexandria facility builds brand new cars. On average, Alexandria builds some 70 tank cars a week. By law, railroad tank cars have to be serviced every ten years. Also Union Tank owns a fleet of over 130,000 rail cars it leases to private companies. The plant currently employs some 135 employees working two shifts a day. Despite Covid, the plant has remained busy. There are plans to expand the coatings shop and hire more welders. They anticipate increasing its work force to 170 workers in two years. Vidrine mentioned the president of Union Tank is expected to visit the local facility next week.

More drug arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff Deputies

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Deputies Make Drug Arrests April 7, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reports the following drug arrests by members of his patrol division. On Saturday April 3, deputies made a routine traffic stop of a car on Vidrine road. The deputy made contact with the driver and advised the reason for the stop. The deputy conducted an interview with the occupants and advised him he could smell marijuana coming from the car. After receiving consent to a search, the deputy located narcotics. The driver, Sadie White age 20 of Oakdale was cited for possession of marijuana over 27 grams. On Monday April 5, the patrol unit stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation on Vidrine road at Highway 13. The deputy received permission for a search. Following the search two people were arrested: Raymond Dawson age 34 of East Street, Mamou charged with possession of Methamphetamine and Vindezz Terrell Thibodeaux age 21 of 1005 Chestnut Street, Mamou charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule two narcotics and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. As always, Sheriff Guillory and his department is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 363-2161.

Mamou Police arrest suspects in Good Friday Shooting

Good Friday Shooting in Mamou April 6, 2021 Mamou Police Chief Brent Zackery reported to KVPI News that a Good Friday family gathering led to a shooting incident. Chief Zackery said police were called out to a disturbance at the 300 block of East Street in Mamou Friday night. Jacoby Jack who was at the gathering was asked to leave after causing a disturbance. Jack came back with his brother Nicolas Jack and a cousin, Gary Freeman continuing the conflict. A fight began and witnesses saw one of the subjects , Jacoby Jack, was seen stabbing one of the victims multiple times. The other two subjects returned to their vehicle and began to open fire on the gathering. Shots were returned by Jariah Jordan, the nephew of the stabbing victim. Gary Freeman was struck in the head by a stray bullet. After an investigation, police arrested Jacoby Jack and Nicholas Jack and charged them with attempted murder. Also arrested was Roger Gradney charged with obstruction of justice for tampering with evidence. Jariah Jordan turned himself to authorities. All suspects are being held at the Mamou City Jail. The victims were admitted to area hospitals with severe injuries. More arrests to follow.

Fugitive wanted in shooting captured

Angie Lane Fugitive Captured April 5, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that the fugitive wanted in the shooting incident last Wednesday on Angie Lane was captured by Acadia Parish Deputies. Rodney Van Bernard age 55 of Comanche, Texas was arrested and charged with Aggravated Second Degree Battery with a Firearm. His bond was set by 13th Judicial District Court Judge Gary Ortego at $75,000. He has since been transported and booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on the charge. The incident occurred Wednesday March 31 at a home on Angie Lane. Sheriff's deputies learned that a verbal altercation occurred between the residents at the home and led to the victim being shot in the lower left leg. Bernard had been seen leaving in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The victim was taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries which were not life threatening.

Police Jury tables action on Cabot request for Industrial Tax Exemption

April 5, 2021 A standing room only packed meeting room comprised of Cabot employees, Chamber of Commerce members and others were in attendance at Monday's meeting of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury. Most of the attention came during a public hearing that lasted 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the regular jury meeting. Cabot Corporation and their representatives were in attendance asking the police jury to grant an industrial tax exemption for a ten year period . Cabot will also be asking for similar exemptions with the School board and the sheriff's department. Cabot is a world wide company with a carbon black plant in Ville Platte. Derrick Turner, local Cabot plant manager, explained that the company is planning major upgrades to clean up emissions and double its own power supply to help remain competitive with other carbon black plants. The project is expected to cost $147 million dollars. The work will create 15 new permanent high paying jobs. The state has a program that allows companies like Cabot to get a break on its taxes if it reinvests the money into its operation to remain competitive. Several jurors spoke up including Bryan Vidrine said they are undecided on the request. Jurors are facing a looming budget crisis over how to pay the huge costs to house and transport parish prisoners that are in LaSalle Parish. In the past year, the number of parish inmates have dramatically increased. Cabot has been operating in Evangeline Parish for the past 78 years. "We need to re-invest to be able to compete with the latest technology."said Turner. Cabot employees like Joshua Ortego spoke up. He has been an employee for the past 12 years. He said "It's a great place to work for". Cabot Advisory Panel Members Mark Buller and Bob Manuel both spoke up in favor of the project. However, jurors like Eric Soileau and Keith Saucier said it is a tough decision. They felt the jury is playing favorites by giving tax breaks to large corporations while not giving help to small mom and pop stores. Saucier said he has lost sleep for several nights over deciding on the request. Gwen Fontenot spoke up in favor of the proposal. "Without Cabot and its 90 employees, we will lose a lot of Mom and Pop stores." Café Evangeline Owner Jay Giehlow said he and his wife moved to Ville Platte to invest in a local restaurant. After working in corporate business, he said if Cabot does not get their request granted, the parent company will close the facility down then the parish will have zero tax dollars and will cause a domino effect upon the rest of the business economy. After much discussion, the police jury voted to table any action on the request until a special meeting and public hearing could be held Wednesday April 14. In other action, the police jury: Heard from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that the parish has just about spent its entire budget allowance for inmate housing in the first three months of the year, some $300,000. The jury has a reserve to keep the parish running through the month of June. Reappointed Felix Morein to the Te Mamou Water District Board; Reappointed Sandra Salazar to a five year term on the parish library board; Received word that the police jury has been awarded a $100,000 grant for new electrical improvements at Crooked Creek park.

Grand Jury Indictments

Grand Jury Indictment on Ville Platte Man March 31, 2021 Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac reported to KVPI News that a Ville Platte man was indicted on a number of charges today (Wednesday). Sidney J. Myers age 65 of Everton Road, Ville Platte was indicted on charges of Sexual Battery, Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and five counts of Indecent Behavior with a juvenile all in relation to a series of sexual misconduct between Sidney Myers and a 13 year old victim from January 2020 to November 2020. The crimes of Sexual Battery and Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile carry sentences of up to ten years imprisonment. District Attorney Trent Brignac complimented lead prosecutor Chris Ludeau in his presentation of the case to the grand jury and thanked him along with the members of the grand jury for their efforts during the one day presentation.

More Evangeline Parish Sheriff Office Arrests

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Arrests March 31, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following arrests. On Thursday March 30, the criminal patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on a car in the Basile area. While speaking to the driver, the deputies could smell marijuana. The deputies requested permission to search and it was granted. The deputies located marijuana on his person. The driver was identified as Courtney J. Ceasar age 34 of Basile was cited for possession of marijuana and arrested for two outstanding warrants. In another case, the Sheriff's Department criminal patrol unit along with the Eunice Police Department Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on a residence at 1702 Fuselier Avenue in Basile. The deputies have been receiving various information in reference to this residence. Once the deputies entered the residence, they located narcotics. Two suspects were arrested: Kirk Joseph Reed age 46 of Basile and Jace Ryan Reed age 19 of Basile were each charged with possession if intent to distribute Methamphetamine over 27 grams, possession with intent to distribute Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone and monetary instrument abuse (counterfeit money). On Monday March 29 the sheriff department was notified that the Eunice Police Department was in pursuit of a motorcycle heading west on Highway 190 coming into Evangeline Parish at speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour. The suspect was wanted by several agencies. The motorcycle turned onto the old Basile road continuing at speeds of over 130 miles per hour. The motorcycle approached Pelican Loop and the driver lost control. The driver then ran into a wooded area. Deputies from several agencies, set up a perimeter in the area. The search continued for three hours before t he suspect was captured. The driver was identified: Steven Dwight Savoy age 33 of Elton. He was charged with nine different narcotic charges, one for failure to appear for court. He is wanted by Acadiana Parish and the Mamou Police Department. Sheriff Guillory would like to thank the Mamou Police Department, Eunice Police Department, Eunice City Marshal Office for their assistance. Also on March 29, while deputies were in pursuit of a wanted suspect, they began a second pursuit at the same time. While deputies were in route in to assist with the pursuit on Old Basile Highway, a black Nissan car failed to pull over to allow emergency units to pass. The car traveled east on Highway 104 to the Belaire Cove area, then into the Grand Prairie area. The pursuit continued entering St. Landry Parish. The car traveled to the Morrow area where it was finally stopped. The driver was arrested without any further incident. The driver, Sheila Jack age 23 of Ville Platte. She was charged with aggravated flight from an officer. As always, Sheriff Guillory urged parish residents to contact his investigative unit to report any illegal activities at 363-2161.

Jill and Robert Stevens Guest Speakers at Ville Platte Rotary Meeting

Ville Platte Rotary Club hears from Jill and Robert Stevens March 30, 2021 Jill and Robert Stevens of Central Hemp were the special guest speakers at today's (Tuesday's) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting. The couple told club members that they began using hemp and CBD products for aches and pains. Jill said she found that the hemp oils and products helped her with neck and shoulder pain. Their new hemp shop opened on Vidrine road, LA 10, west of Ville Platte. Robert said he wanted to make sure that people were aware that the shop does not sell marijuana. Hemp products does not have the THC level that causes the "high" feeling of euphoria that one can get from marijuana. The CBD products offers a lot of medical benefits. Robert said the benefits include a sleep aid, stress reliver and pain reliever. The products include oils, salves, creams, bath balms and hand creams. They wanted to emphasize that the products are non addictive. The two guest speakers were guests of Rotarian Peter Strawitz.

Mamou Drug Bust

Mamou Area Drug Bust March 25, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that the Sheriff's office in conjunction with the Mamou Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence on LD Verette Road in the Mamou area. Deputies made entry into the residence and located a female who was taken into custody. Deputies searched the home and found illegal narcotics and weapons. Authorities arrested Chelsea Bergeaux age 30 of 2049 LD Verette Road, Mamou. She was charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, possession with intent to distribute Tramadol, possession with intent to distribute Anabolic Steroids, possession of Promethazine, possession of drug paraphernalia, monetary instrument abuse and possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. More arrests are pending from this search warrant. Sheriff Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 337-363-2161.

Sheriff Charles Guillory Guest Speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Sheriff Charles Guillory was guest speaker at Rotary Club March 23, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory was the guest speaker at today's (Tuesdays) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. The sheriff has called for a one cent sales tax on the April 24 election day ballot. After talking with many people throughout the parish, he felt it was a fairer tax for the citizens of the parish. With a millage tax, only 30 percent of the voters would pay. If approved by parish voters, his office would get an additional 2.5 million dollars a year to help provide law enforcement service to the parish. That would bring his budget to approximately 5 million dollars. That is still below neighboring parish law enforcement agencies like Allen Parish that has a 10 million dollar budget, Avoyelles Parish with 7 million and St. Landry Parish with 16 million dollars. Thanks to Covid-19 federal funding, the sheriff's department was able to begin a traffic unit and a criminal patrol unit to help combat the drug problem in the parish. So far, over 200 suspects have been arrested since he took office last year. The sheriff said he plans to give his staff pay raises with the additional funds but his personal salary will remain the same. He is also negotiating with the police jury to construct a new parish jail. With the additional funds, his plans include having more patrol officers on the road, having resource officers in parish schools and substations in various parts of the parish. He reported that the late Sheriff Wayne Morein attempted to pass a tax some 30 years ago but it was turned down by voters. "Out parish has been neglected for many years. Public safety protection is not free, " said Sheriff Guillory. Sheriff Guillory was the guest of Rotarian Dr. Hosea "Joey" Soileau.

Two Major Drug Busts Made Today by Evangeline Parish Sherif's Office

Sheriff's Office Drug Arrest March 23, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News of additional drug related arrests. Earlier today (Tuesday) the sheriff's department criminal patrol unit were doing surveillance on a suspect believed to be selling narcotics from a local business. The deputies made contact with the suspect and immediately noticed an overwhelming smell of marijuana. The suspect attempted to flee before being apprehended by deputies. The deputies searched the suspect's vehicle and the hotel room and found a large amount of narcotics. Arrested was Robert H. Lee age 40 of 1110 Pine Street, Turkey Creek charged with possession with intent to distribute over 112 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 127 grams of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession with intent to distribute Loprazolam, possession of Suboxone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also this morning the sheriff's department criminal patrol unit executed a search warrant on a residence at 617 East Jefferson Street in Ville Platte. Upon making entry into the residence deputies located 11.4 pounds of synthetic marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl, different pills and US currency. This led to the following arrest: Jeremy Joseph Morien age 34 of 617 East Jefferson, Ville Platte. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute Heroin, possession of MDMA, possession with intent to distribute Clonazepam, possession with intent to distribute Carisoprodol, possession with intent to distribute Buprenorphine, possession of Alprazolam, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana over 11 pounds, possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine. Sheriff Guillory made this statement: "In the past 24 hours, we have arrested four major drug distributors all operating within a mile of each other. We are working hard to rid our parish of illegal narcotics. My team is dedicated and proactive. We will not stop the fight to take our parish from the drug dealers and thieves that have plagued the parish for too long. Within the last 24 hours, we have seized $15,731 cash from illegal narcotic sales. We have seized 180 grams of Methamphetamine, 68 Ecstasy pills, 8 grams of Heroin, 12 grams of Fentanyl, 145 prescription drugs, 180 grams of marijuana and 5255 grams of synthetic marijuana with a total street value of approximately $45,700."

Sheriff's Office Drug Bust

Drug Bust by Sheriff's Department March 22, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that two suspects were arrested early this (Monday) morning following the execution of a search warrant. The search warrant was for a residence in Ville Platte following numerous complaints and surveillance. The two people arrested and their charges: Justin Jamal Narcisse age 31 and Crystal Marie Narcisse age 30 of 619 Vidrine Road, Ville Platte. The couple were each charged with the following possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute MDMA, possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam, possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. The deputies from the criminal patrol unit entered the home shortly after 5;00am and located numerous amounts of narcotics and U.S Currency. As always Sheriff Guillory is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigations department at 363-2161.

Evangeline Parish Election Returns from Saturday's Millage Tax Renewals

Complete but unofficial election results from today's millage tax renewals in Evangeline Parish shows the following: Pine Prairie Fire Protection District -9.79 mills for another ten years was approved: 125 yes and 13 no; Lone Pine Fire Protection District-20 mills renewal for another ten years was approved 48 yes and 1 no vote; District 2 cemetery tax for 1.09 mills for ten years was approved 38 yes and 8 voted no; District 3 cemetery tax for 1.14 mills for ten years was approved 59 voting yes and 18 voting no; District 7 cemetery tax for 1.04 mills for ten years was approved 42 voting yes and 9 voting no. Our special thanks to the Evangeline Clerk of Court staff for their help in getting this information.

Tee Cotton Bowl Documentary to be shown on LPB

"Grace, race, and small-town football" LPB premiers Reel South series with Flat Town documentary To some people, football is just a game. However, in Ville Platte it has been turned into a way to bridge the gap between a once divided community. Each year on one fall night, under the Friday night lights of a Ville Platte football field, a vision by Ville Platte native Tim Fontenot and his son - Jacob - comes to life with the playing of the Tee Cotton Bowl. It is a game where the public and private school in one city take each other on in the hopes of bringing home the coveted Tee Cotton Bowl trophy for the year. Tim and Jacob's vision continues an effort that began with desegregation decades ago in the small Cajun city. As Mel LeCompte, Jr. wrote in Sharpened Iron: The Tee Cotton Bowl Story, this game, played between Sacred Heart School and Ville Platte High, is about "grace, race, and small-town football." It is special, and there is only one place it happens.... Ville Platte. It is so unique - garnering its own patron Saint, Pope John Paul II – a short documentary about the game, titled Flat Town, will air on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The documentary from Reel South is produced by Gavin Sullivan and is part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series highlighting stories of the American South. "Exploring different perspectives and providing a platform for those perspectives to be seen and heard is part of public media's mission," says LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney. "LPB is proud to team with Reel South and our public media partners to make sure these diverse Southern experiences are seen by a national audience." Prior to the broadcast premier on April 8, a virtual premiere and filmmaker discussion will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Panelists for the virtual screening and conversation will be Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Tim Fontenot, and Flat Town filmmaker Bryan Tucker. Hosting the discussion will be Acadiana-based sportswriter and talk-radio host Raymond Partsch III. To RSVP for the free virtual event, go to www.lpb.org/flattown. For more information, contact Colleen Spillane, LPB Public Information Officer, at 1-800-272-8161 ext. 4453 or Evangeline Parish Tourism at (337) 363-1878.

Sacred Heart Dismissing Early Today due to Severe Weather Predicted

Here is an important message from Kimberly LeJeune, Sacred Heart School Development Director: "We have been informed by Evangeline Parish 911 that isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers will begin in our area at approximately 2 P.M. with the main line of storm coming through 3 and 4 P.M. As a measure of safety precaution the elementary and high school will be dismissing at 1 P.M. today, 3/17 to insure the safety of our school community. The 8th grade parent meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed, parents will receive additional details in the near future. We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation and pray for everyone's safety. "

Ville Platte Police Investigating Attempted Business Breakin

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue is asking for any assistance from the general public on an attempted business breakin. On Saturday, March 6, 2021 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to an attempted break in a pharmacy building on Jack Miller Road in Ville Platte. Upon arrival it was determined that two male suspects attempted to gain entry to the building by crawling underneath and trying to break through the floor. The suspects were unsuccessful and fled on foot. Chief Lartigue is seeking information regarding the identities of these suspects. If you have information on either of these suspects, you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1316. Your call will remain anonymous.

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